Chitkul-Dumti road will strengthen Indo-China border security: HP CM
Laid foundation stone of rupees three crore sewerage scheme for Chitkul, Rs. 12.24 crore 66/22 KV electric sub Station at Karcham
KINNAUR- While addressing a public meeting at Chitkul, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is on three-days tour to the tribal district of Kinnaur, on Friday said upgrading and construction of Chitkul-Dumti road, considered to be strategically important, will strengthen armed forces, especially ITBP.
Himachal Pradesh shares 220 km of the international border with China and around 140 kms length was along the Kinnaur district, while 80 km of border falls in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district.
Expressing concern over the delay of work on Rakchham-Chitkul road, the CM directed for re-tendering of the work. He said the work on Dumti road be given to such a contractor who could finish the work well in time adding that contractors who delay work for years, should be blacklisted.
The government, he said, was more concerned about strengthening the border roads so that the armed forces could be placed at better position in times of exigency. Similarly, the work on 20 kilometres of road from Thangi to Kunnu -Charang was also in progress. So far, 14 kilometres of road had been completed and a sum of Rs 28 crore was being spent on it. The remaining six kilometres would be completed by end of December, said the CM. Another road from Kota to Dogri was also under construction, he said, adding the road till Dogri was being constructed with a provision of Rs 12.50 crore and would benefit the army and the ITBP. These roads will help increase the mobility of the forces which can better keep vigil on the International Border with China.
He said the road had already been constructed till Shipki-La bordering China. The State government was time and again taking up the matter with the Union Government for laying Bilaspur-Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Leh rail line through mid of lower Himachal, which would be of great strategic importance and besides helping the Indian Army along with boosting tourism activities.
He directed the HPSEBL officers to replace the old wooden poles and old wires to provide better voltage and uninterrupted electric supply to the residents of the area. He also announced upgrading of Government High School Chitkul to Government Senior Secondary School and a new Patwar circle for Chitkul and Rakchham to be opened at Rakchham.
Earlier, he inaugurated 100 feet Bailey Bridge over Kharogla Nallah constructed at a cost of Rs 1.15 crore to re-store the connectivity from Sangla Rakcham and Chitkul villages. He also inaugurated Primary Health Centre building at Chitkul.
He laid foundation stone of rupees three crore sewerage scheme for Chitkul, Rs. 12.24 crore 66/22 KV electric sub Station at Karcham which is expected to benefit fourteen thousand people of 13 villages of the surrounding areas along-with Kalpa and Pooh area and will also help in providing uninterrupted power supply and solve low voltage problem.